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Composer/pianist Timo Andres, who has been praised for his “acute ear” by the New York Times’s Anthony Tommasini and “stubborn nose” by the New Yorker’s Alex Ross, made his Nonesuch debut with the 2010 release of his album Shy and Mighty, followed by Home Stretch in 2013. He performs works by several Nonesuch artists, including himself, on the 2020 album I Still Play.

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Composer and pianist Timo Andres (b. 1985, Palo Alto, CA) grew up in rural Connecticut and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Andres’s 2023/24 season highlights include a sold-out recital debut for Carnegie Hall; the world premiere of a piano concerto written by Andres for Aaron Diehl, led by John Adams at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In addition, his orchestrations and arrangements for Justin Peck’s new production of Sufjan Stevens’s Illinoise have had sold-out runs presented by the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Fisher Center at Bard, and at New York City’s Park Avenue Armory.

The season also included a tour with the Calder Quartet featuring a new piano quintet by Andres, performed at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, San Francisco Performances, Chamber Music Albuquerque and Chamber Music in Napa Valley; and Philip Glass’s Etudes at Lincoln Center, the Chicago Humanities Festival, and for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, all part of a celebration of a new edition of the Glass Etudes for which Andres served as advisor and editor.

Notable commissions include Everything Happens So Much for the Boston Symphony; Strong Language for the Takács Quartet, commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the Shriver Hall Concert Series; Steady Hand, a two-piano concerto commissioned by the Britten Sinfonia premiered at the Barbican by Andres and David Kaplan; and The Blind Banister, a concerto for Jonathan Biss, which was a 2016 Pulitzer Prize Finalist.

As a pianist, Timo Andres has appeared with the LA Phil, North Carolina Symphony, the Albany Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Metropolis Ensemble, among others. He has performed solo recitals for Lincoln Center, and Wigmore Hall.

Andres’s collaborators include Becca Stevens, Jeffrey Kahane, Gabriel Kahane, Brad Mehldau, Nadia Sirota, and—of course—Philip Glass, who selected Andres as the recipient of the City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize. He was nominated for a Grammy award for his performances on 2021’s The Arching Path, an album of music by Christopher Cerrone.

Andres’s collaborations with Sufjan Stevens also include his May 2023 recording with Conor Hanick of Stevens’s latest album, Reflections; arrangements of ballets for New York City Ballet, and a solo piano album, The Decalogue.

A Nonesuch Records artist, Timo Andres has multiple albums including a 2024 release, The Blind Banister, recorded with frequent collaborators Andrew Cyr and the Metropolis Ensemble, featuring his cello concerto, Upstate Obscura with Inbal Segev, and the titular piece with himself at the keyboard. His debut release, Shy and Mighty, was released to critical acclaim in 2010. A Yale School of Music graduate, he is a Yamaha/Bösendorfer Artist and is on the composition faculty at the Mannes School of Music at the New School.

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Latest Release

  • March 22, 2024

    Timo Andres’ The Blind Banister comprises three works by the composer/pianist: the piano concerto The Blind Banister (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2016), with Andres as soloist, and Upstate Obscura for chamber orchestra and cello, with soloist Inbal Segev—both of which feature Metropolis Ensemble and conductor Andrew Cyr—and the solo piano piece Colorful History, also performed by Andres.

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  • June 21, 2024

    The original cast recording of the Tony Award–winning Broadway show Illinoise: A New Musical, previously released digitally, is now available on CD, with the 2-LP vinyl set due August 30. The new work features music and lyrics by Sufjan Stevens based on his album Illinois, a book by Justin Peck and Jackie Sibblies Drury, and direction and choreography by Peck, with new arrangements by Timo Andres and music supervision and direction by Nathan Koci. The New York Times exclaims: "The vocalists do not seem to sing so much as pour emotion into our ears."

  • June 17, 2024

    Congratulations to the company of Illinoise: A New Musical on its performance on the Tony Awards last night and to the show's director, choreographer, and co-author Justin Peck, who won the Tony for Outstanding Choreography. The cast performed "The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades is Out to Get Us!," from the show, which features music and lyrics by Sufjan Stevens based on his album Illinois, with new arrangements by Timo Andres. You can watch it here. The original cast recording, now available to download and stream, is out on CD this Friday and is on vinyl August 30.

Tour

Fri, Jul 12
Santa Barbara, CA
Hahn Hall, Music Academy of the West
Fri, Jul 12
Santa Barbara, CA
Hahn Hall, Music Academy of the West

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About Timo Andres

  • Composer and pianist Timo Andres (b. 1985, Palo Alto, CA) grew up in rural Connecticut and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

    Andres’s 2023/24 season highlights include a sold-out recital debut for Carnegie Hall; the world premiere of a piano concerto written by Andres for Aaron Diehl, led by John Adams at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In addition, his orchestrations and arrangements for Justin Peck’s new production of Sufjan Stevens’s Illinoise have had sold-out runs presented by the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Fisher Center at Bard, and at New York City’s Park Avenue Armory.

    The season also included a tour with the Calder Quartet featuring a new piano quintet by Andres, performed at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, San Francisco Performances, Chamber Music Albuquerque and Chamber Music in Napa Valley; and Philip Glass’s Etudes at Lincoln Center, the Chicago Humanities Festival, and for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, all part of a celebration of a new edition of the Glass Etudes for which Andres served as advisor and editor.

    Notable commissions include Everything Happens So Much for the Boston Symphony; Strong Language for the Takács Quartet, commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the Shriver Hall Concert Series; Steady Hand, a two-piano concerto commissioned by the Britten Sinfonia premiered at the Barbican by Andres and David Kaplan; and The Blind Banister, a concerto for Jonathan Biss, which was a 2016 Pulitzer Prize Finalist.

    As a pianist, Timo Andres has appeared with the LA Phil, North Carolina Symphony, the Albany Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Metropolis Ensemble, among others. He has performed solo recitals for Lincoln Center, and Wigmore Hall.

    Andres’s collaborators include Becca Stevens, Jeffrey Kahane, Gabriel Kahane, Brad Mehldau, Nadia Sirota, and—of course—Philip Glass, who selected Andres as the recipient of the City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize. He was nominated for a Grammy award for his performances on 2021’s The Arching Path, an album of music by Christopher Cerrone.

    Andres’s collaborations with Sufjan Stevens also include his May 2023 recording with Conor Hanick of Stevens’s latest album, Reflections; arrangements of ballets for New York City Ballet, and a solo piano album, The Decalogue.

    A Nonesuch Records artist, Timo Andres has multiple albums including a 2024 release, The Blind Banister, recorded with frequent collaborators Andrew Cyr and the Metropolis Ensemble, featuring his cello concerto, Upstate Obscura with Inbal Segev, and the titular piece with himself at the keyboard. His debut release, Shy and Mighty, was released to critical acclaim in 2010. A Yale School of Music graduate, he is a Yamaha/Bösendorfer Artist and is on the composition faculty at the Mannes School of Music at the New School.